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Lacey and Larkin fight Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio was reelected as the Sheriff of Maricopa County for six terms, and it almost looked like the controversial Sheriff was undefeatable. However, this would change after he lost his 7th for reelection in 2016. After he lost the seat, he was taken to court to answer for crimes he had committed while serving as the Sheriff.

He was found guilty of contempt of courts for failing to comply with an earlier ruling made while he was the sheriff. He was supposed to stop all cases of discrimination against immigrants, but he never stopped. He was to be convicted in late 2017, but this did not happen as President Trump pardoned him. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Twitter

Joe Arpaio 24 years in office were marked by the worst cases of human right violations in the county of Maricopa. He presided over a regime that did not respect the rule of law and acted with the savagery of the highest degree. While serving as the Sheriff, he caught the attention of the country by allegations of human discrimination which were going on in his county.

The Latinos were the most affected by the discrimination that was going on at the time. He made sure that everyone who did not have documents to allow them to live in the country were hunted down like animals and place in concentration camps awaiting deportation back to the countries.

The worst cases of discrimination now happened in these concentration camps. With a high number of people placed in these concentration camps, the living conditions were unbearable. The camps lacked a supply of basic human needs such as water and food. The temperatures in the camps were also unbearable. It was almost impossible to live under such conditions.

Joe Arpaio, however, continued to expose hundreds of immigrants to such conditions forgetting that despite the nationality of a human being, their human rights should always be respected. Joe Arpaio did not show respect for human rights despite being an official of the government.

The actions of Joe Arpaio were exposed why Phoenix New Times which was owned by two journalists- Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two journalist followed up on what he was doing and decided to expose him to the world.

The expose would, however, earn them a night in the concentration camps after Arpaio ordered for their arrest. They were released on the followi9ng morning following condemnation of the arrest by media stations all over the country.

Lacey and Larkin in 2017 launched a website known as “Front Page Confidential” to highlight cases of First Amendmentin the country. In April 2018, they were arrested by the FBI on allegations of committing crimes while running a website known as Backpage.com which they had earlier sold in 2015.

The FBI arrested the two in a swoop that also involved the closure of their website. Currently, they are awaiting trial and will be charged with 93 counts of breaking the law. According to the Front Page Confidential, the latest move is just an attempt to shut them up and stop them from highlighting the First Amendments cases in the country.